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May 9, 2015

Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

KU Mathematics Graduating Seniors

May 1, 2015

The Department of Mathematics met today to celebrate the many achievements of our students. 

  • Outstanding Mathematics Student: Katelyn Cicozzi
  • KME award for Mathematics: Aubree Beck and Brandi Lees 
  • Outstanding Student Teaching Award, Mathematics: Alex Goveo    
  • Undergraduate Research Award: Jesse Bailey and Hallie Langley
  • Mugridge Symposium Award for Undergraduate Research
    • First Place: Hallie Langley
    • Second Place: Kevin Ruppert
    • Third Place: Andrew Douventzidis  
  • William Lowell Putnam Competition (an extraordinarily difficult six-hour mathematics competition between students throughout the United States and Canada): Adriana Kaplan (46.0 percentile), Jacob Kramer (46.0 percentile), Nathaniel Benjamin (38.4 percentile), Dylan Gaspar, William Harwi, Kevin Ruppert
  • Inductees into the Kappa Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society: Edward AndrescavageNathaniel Benjamin​William HarwiStephanie KleinHallie LangleyLaura MyersCharles NaceFelipe PorcellaCurtis ReigleJustine RossiDanielle Sienko, and Duc Tran

April 27, 2015

It was announced today that Katelyn Ciccozzi has earned a 2015 Chambliss Student Academic Achievement gold metal!  During summer 2014, Katelyn conducted a research project in astrophysics at Rutgers University under the supervision of experts in the field. Her research focused on finding a new tool for comparing merging dark matter halo histories, and she presented her findings at a national meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January 2015.  Katelyn will graduate this May with a dual degree in mathematics and physics. Congratulations Katelyn!


April 10-11, 2015

On Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, the Kutztown University Department of Mathematics hosted the 2015 PASSHE Mathematics Association (PASSHE-MA) conference.  More than 70 participants from 19 institutions gathered to discuss mathematics and mathematics education.  There were more than 40 faculty and student talks over the two days, including seven Kutztown students and ten Kutztown professors who presented their research.  

This conference was highlighted by two plenary talks.  The first, on Friday evening, was by Dr. Neil Sloane, President of the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS) Foundation.  The OEIS is a free website ( that contains information about a quarter of a million sequences, and is often called one of the most well-known and useful mathematical sites on the internet.  The second plenary talk, on Saturday afternoon, was by Dr. Jenna Van Sickle from Fontbonne University.  Dr. Van Sickle told us about incorporating student-led learning into courses; she explained how this can engage and inspire students, as well as improve the classroom culture.

The Kutztown Department of Mathematics dedicated this conference to Professor Randy S. Schaeffer, who passed away unexpectedly on October 22, 2014.  He was a distinguished member of Kutztown University, and a valued colleague, educator, mentor, and friend who will never be forgotten.

The PASSHE-MA conference is held annually, rotating among the PASSHE universities.  It was last held at Kutztown in 2002. 


OCTOBER 22, 2014

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Randy Schaeffer '72.


CVMMC 2014

It is with great pride that we announce that Jesse Bailey, Zach Moran, and Ian Tomes have won the 6th annual Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge held at Shippensburg University! This prize is awarded based on the presentation of their problem and solution as judged by the other competitors. Their problem was to determine a rating system that identifies the best U.S. city in which to live for people in the 18-35 age range, 36-64 age range, and the 65+ age range. They had 24 hours to develop a model, write a two-page summary of their solution, and a presentation of their solution. They have agreed to present their solution at the October 14th Math Club meeting.  Come check it out.  Congratulations!



The cover of the September issue of Mathematics Teacher highlights the article Probability and Perception: The Representativeness Heuristic in Action, written by Dr. Lu and Dr. Vasko, Department of Mathematics, and Trevor J. Drummond and Lisa E. Vasko.

Cover of Mathematics Teacher September 2014

 JULY 17, 2014

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dr. Larry R. Mugridge, professor emeritus of mathematics, who died July 17, 2014. Mugridge was on the faculty at KU from 1972 until his retirement in 2011. Kutztown's Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics Research is named in his honor.

Dr. Mugridge's Obituary

JULY 14, 2014

OR Insight : 25 articles from 25 years

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the journal OR Insight, its editors have reviewed the papers published over the last three decades and have made a selection of 25. These reflect both the way the application of OR has developed over the years and the different areas which have benefitted from its application. OR in action has always found a home in OR Insight.

Although all 25 articles are interesting, you might want to consider article #21 by Dr. Vasko and Dr. Ache, Department of Mathematics, and Natalie Snow, Institutional Research.  The link is

MAY 30, 2014

Congratulations to the following Mathematics Majors for making the dean's list:

  • Christina Carl
  • Katelyn Ciccozzi
  • Billy Cimorelli
  • Carisa Druckenmiller
  • Dylan Gaspar
  • Jeffrey Kraft
  • Hallie Langley
  • Zachary Laurente
  • Jacob Levan
  • Jessica Mayer
  • Sarah McQueen
  • Joseph Ritzko
  • Kevin Ruppert
  • Danielle Sienko
  • James Valek
  • Lauren A. Williams

MAY 14, 2014

Congratulations and thanks to the 2014 Faculty & Staff Recognition Honorees:

  • Dr. Deborah Frantz on her retirement; and,
  • Professor Kanchan Kumar for 30 years of service.

MAY 2, 2014

The Department of Mathematics Congratulates This Year's Undergraduate Prize Winners:

  • Mathematics Award - Sarah McQueen & Lauren Williams
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon - Michael Rex & Lauren Williams
  • Mathematics Outstanding Student Teacher - Jennifer O'Brien

AUGUST 23, 2013

Professor Randy Schaeffer, Associate Professor of Mathematics was awarded the
2013 The Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching